Remembering Roger Ebert: The Critic's 15 Most Memorable Reviews

Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert passed away on April 4, 2013 following his 11-year battle with cancer. We remember him through his best reviews.
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Mad Money4. Mad Money (reviewed January 17, 2008)

“I was noodling around Rotten Tomatoes, trying to determine who played the bank’s security chief, and noticed the movie had not yet been reviewed by anybody. Hold on! In the ‘Forum’ section for this movie, ‘islandhome’ wrote at 7:58 a.m. Jan. 8: ‘review of this movie … tonight i’ll post.’ At 11:19 a.m. Jan. 10, “islandhome” was finally back with the promised review. It is written without capital letters, flush left like a poem, and I quote it verbatim, spelling and all:

hello sorry i slept when i got back

well it was kinda fun

it could never happen in the way it was portraid

but what ever its a movie

for the girls most will like it

and the men will not mind it much

i thought it was going to be kinda like how to beat the high cost of living

kinda the same them but not as much fun

ill give it a 4 0ut of 10

I read this twice, three times. I had been testing out various first sentences for my own review, but somehow the purity and directness of islandhome’s review undercut me. It is so final. ‘for the girls most will like it/and the men will not mind it much.’ How can you improve on that? It’s worthy of Charles Bukowski.


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